World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2023

World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on 10 th October. World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.
It is a day to talk about mental health and show everyone that mental health matters. It is also a day to let people know that it’s okay to ask for help, no matter what you’re going through.

The theme of this World Mental Health Day highlights, ‘mental health is a universal human right’.

World Mental Health Day 2023 is an opportunity for people and communities to unite behind the theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right.
Mental health is a basic human right for all people. Everyone, whoever and wherever they are, has a right to the highest attainable standard of mental health. This includes the right to be protected from mental health risks, the right to available, accessible, acceptable, and good quality care, and the right to liberty, independence and inclusion in the community.
Good mental health is vital to our overall health and well-being. Yet one in eight people globally are living with mental health conditions, which can impact their physical health, their well-being, how they connect with others, and their livelihoods. Mental health conditions are also affecting an increasing number of adolescents and young people.

Mind is compared to the powerful wind and is difficult to control in the Bhagwad Gita chapter 6, verse 34, which was written thousands of years ago. Arjun says :

चञ्चलं हि मन: कृष्ण प्रमाथि बलवद्दृढम् |
तस्याहं निग्रहं मन्ये वायोरिव सुदुष्करम् ||
chañchalaṁ hi manaḥ kṛiṣhṇa pramāthi balavad dṛiḍham
tasyāhaṁ nigrahaṁ manye vāyor iva su-duṣhkaram

Translation: The mind is very restless, turbulent, strong and obstinate, O Krishna. It appears to me that it is more difficult to control than the wind.

Arjun speaks for us all when he describes the troublesome mind. It is restless because it keeps flitting in different directions, from subject to subject. It is turbulent because it creates upheavals in one’s consciousness, in the form of hatred, anger, lust, greed, envy, anxiety, fear, attachment, etc. It is strong because it overpowers the intellect with its vigorous currents and destroys the faculty of discrimination. The mind is also obstinate because when it catches a harmful thought, it refuses to let go, and continues to ruminate over it again and again, even to the dismay of the intellect. Thus enumerating its unwholesome characteristics, Arjun declares that the mind is even more difficult to control than the wind. It is a powerful analogy for no one can ever think of controlling the mighty wind in the sky.

Today on the world mental health day I’m reminded of this discussion as in this scripture. Today it is more than relevant and as advised by Krishna to Arjun, Control of mind is everything.
Today medical science has answers to the complex behaviours of mind and there needs to be awareness regarding the mental health issues.
The World Mental Health Day 2023 campaign to learn more about your basic right to mental health as well as how to protect the rights of others.

Dr Sangeeta Srivastava
Leave a reply
RoboticsThe Great Indian Garba Festival
All comments (1)
  • Teknik Informatika
    January 15, 2024 at 7:45 pm

    What are the fundamental rights related to mental health emphasized in the article, and how do they contribute to the well-being of individuals? regard Telkom […] Read MoreWhat are the fundamental rights related to mental health emphasized in the article, and how do they contribute to the well-being of individuals? regard Telkom University Read Less


Leave Your Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *